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The Longest Journey: From Africa to Aotearoa

Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith from the Centre for Global Migrations will discuss her major research project 'Africa to Aotearoa: A Genetic Ancestry Study of New Zealanders'.

All living humans can trace their ancestry back to a shared common maternal ancestor who lived in Africa some 150,000 years ago, often referred to as the “Mitochondrial Eve”. Beginning around 60,000 years ago, a small group of people left Africa and began to disperse across the globe. Aotearoa was the last landmass settled by humans, just 750 years ago. For the last few years I have been involved in a deep ancestry study of New Zealanders, using mitochondrial DNA obtained from over 2000 volunteers from across the country. In this talk I will present the results of our research and the implications for understanding both our evolutionary past and our future as New Zealanders.

Date Monday, 15 May 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Research Events
Event Type Seminar
CampusDunedin
LocationBurns 6, Arts (Burns) Building, Albany Street, University of Otago, Dunedin
CostFree
Contact NameCentre for Global Migrations
Contact Phone
Contact Emailglobal.migrations@otago.ac.nz
Websitehttp://www.otago.ac.nz/global-migrations

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